Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Story is Everything

This blog comes about after watching Indy 4. My beef with this fourth edition wasn't that they used CGI, but abused it, again. They just throw it in there because they can not because it is needed or useful. Like the animal gawking for the camera before the movie even started. And the directors storytelling is getting so sub par. Shia LaBeouf swinging with monkeys. Seriously, was that necessary? The original films effects are far more convincing than some of what goes on in the new one. It's not that the CGI effects were noticeable, but in Indy4 they were so blatant that they occasionally broke the emotional connection I had with the movie, which is very disappointing. Just because you can use CGI to render landscapes or gophers does not mean you should.

CGI can ruin some movies. For many directors, most notably George Lucas, CGI has replaced story and character development (Jar Jar Binks vs Gollum). It's all about the story and characters. There's a time and a place for everything and I think that's what makes a good director these days is the ability not to lose sight of the story. Story is everything. Walt Disney knew this better than anyone. Why have we gotten away from it?

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